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Quiet Days in Clichy -- Carl and Joey, two insatiable dreamers, will laugh, love and screw their way through a decadent Paris paved with wanton women, wild orgies and outrageous erotic adventures.


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Not so quiet, Joey and Carl's days in Clichy... The two men, living in a small apartment, are penniless writers... See more » | Add synopsis »
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QUIET DAYS IN CLICHY (Jens Jorgen Thorsen, 1970) ** See more (13 total) »


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Directed by
Jens Jørgen Thorsen 
Writing credits
Henry Miller (novel "Quiet Days in Clichy")

Jens Jørgen Thorsen 

Produced by
Klaus Pagh .... producer
Henrik Sandberg .... producer
Original Music by
Lasse Lunderskov 
Country Joe McDonald 
Andy Sundstrøm 
Ben Webster 
Cinematography by
Jesper Høm 
Film Editing by
Anker Sørensen 
Costume Design by
Helene Tuxen 

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Also Known As:
"Stille dage i Clichy" - Denmark (original title)
"Not So Quiet Days" - USA (reissue title)
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France:80 min | USA:100 min | USA:91 min (uncut version)
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Australia:R | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Finland:(Banned) (1971) (cut) | Finland:K-18 (1971) (heavily cut) | Finland:(Banned) (1970) (uncut) | France:18 | Germany:16 (re-rating) (2006) | Hungary:18 | Netherlands:16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | Norway:(Banned) (original rating) | UK:18 | UK:R (original rating) | West Germany:18 (original rating)
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Owing to the subject matter and strong language the film was rejected for UK cinema by the BBFC in 1970. It was eventually released fully uncut on DVD by Arrow in 2002.See more »
Mara:I hate my countrymen. They are hard, mercenary, without pity for... my kind.See more »
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QUIET DAYS IN CLICHY (Jens Jorgen Thorsen, 1970) **, 3 July 2010
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

I only heard about this when the Blue Underground DVD first came out; of course, I was aware of controversial author Henry Miller, on whose novel the film was based - whose work, incidentally, was contemporaneously being transposed to celluloid for the first time via the late Joseph Strick's TROPIC OF CANCER (1970).

Anyway, it was merely a coincidence that I ended up acquiring the two film versions of the book (the other being the 1990 adaptation by Claude Chabrol) virtually simultaneously! Since I was going through a retrospective of that director's work anyway, I decided to check this one beforehand; well, I am glad that my generally negative reaction to it did not give me second thoughts about passing on the remake (as the latter was a more rewarding, and altogether different, experience – but more on that in its own review)! Anyway, I have never been fond of Erotica per se and this is pretty much what one got here: some critics praised the kaleidoscopic style adopted here (actually borrowed from Richard Lester) but this particular approach dates the film more than anything else. Besides, it is further bogged down by the lack of a proper plot (a fault which is much better disguised in the later version), revolting detail (the graphic sexuality on display got it banned in the U.S. on original release – atypically, this is a Danish picture shot in the English language and black-and-white) and characters who seem to have crawled from under rocks (especially the two leads)!

In essence, we follow the dreary and over-sexed exploits of two penniless bohemians (the more studious-looking of whom is supposed to be an alter-ego for the author himself); they become involved with several women, of various ages and nationalities, and not even that good-looking in many cases. Eventually, they both become attached to someone in particular but, with respect to the protagonist's companion, the girl in question is a 14-year old half-wit!; in the end, the film just ends abruptly as if its makers had suddenly run out of money themselves…or film stock or, quite simply, ideas! However, the eclectic score is a big plus – some of it typically French and the rest comprised of numerous conceptual songs by Country Joe (McDonald) of the psychedelic and radical "Country Joe & The Fish" band fame.

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